DC Unveils New Gate To Deter Fare Scofflaws

The Washington, D.C., metro area's rail system is like others across the country trying to stop riders from not paying their fare.

  • The Washington Metro Area Transit Authority has installed two prototype fare gates at a stop on its Red Line route.
  • One model has plexiglass half circles atop the gates, the spot where jumpers plant their hands to hurdle over the electronic turnstiles.
  • “There is never a perfect gate,” WMATA General Manager Randy Clarke said Thursday. “If we want to have a gate that (prevents all) fare evasion, that’s called a wall and we will never run service.”
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